How to obtain an Absentee Ballot
If you are not registered to vote in Wauwatosa, you must register before you can obtain an absentee ballot.
- Option 1 - Visit the State of Wisconsin's MyVote website at www.myvote.wi.gov and request an absentee ballot.
- Option 2 - Download, complete, and submit the EL-121 Absentee Ballot Request Form to the City Clerk's office. Include a copy of your photo ID with the application if you have not requested an absentee ballot via mail before. (If you have requested a ballot via mail before, your ID is on file.)
- Option 3 - Submit a written request to the City Clerk's office by providing the following required information for EACH registered voter:
- Your name;
- Your birth-date;
- Your Wauwatosa home address (legal voting residence; you must already be registered to vote from this address;
- Your signature;
- The address to which the ballot should be mailed (if different from your home address);
- Your telephone number or email address to allow elections officials to contact you if there is a problem with your absentee application;
- A copy of your photo ID (must only be submitted the first time a by-mail absentee ballot request is made, unless an address change and re-registration occurs)
- Option 4 - Request an absentee ballot via fax (414) 479-8989. The request must contain the same information as noted in Option 3.
- Option 5 - Request an absentee ballot via email. The request must contain the same information as noted in Option 3.
- Option 6 - Make a request in person by visiting the City Clerk's office.
How will I receive my Absentee Ballot?
Absentee ballots are mailed via the US postal system, faxed, or emailed. The last day an absentee ballot can be mailed to a registered voter is the Thursday before an election.
Voting by Absentee Ballot
- If you request that an absentee ballot be sent to you, please include a photo copy of proper photo ID along with your absentee ballot application. The absentee ballot envelope will contain instructions for the ballot's return, as well as a return, postage-paid envelope. Make sure you sign your absentee ballot envelope; have a witness sign the envelope and include his/her address.
- In-person absentee voting takes place during regular business hours at the Clerk’s office during the two weeks prior to each election.
- The last day to cast an in-person absentee ballot at the Clerk's office is 5:00 pm on the Friday before each election, unless hours are extended. When you cast an in-person absentee ballot at the Clerk's office, you will seal your voted ballot in a carrier envelope. The envelopes will be stored in the Clerk's vault and will be counted at central count processing at City Hall on Election Day.
- Ballots must be returned by Election Day in order to be counted.
Military and Overseas Absentee Voters
- Military voters and voters who live permanently overseas are exempt from any requirement to provide a photo ID.
- Military voters are exempt from having to register to vote.
- Overseas voters must register to vote, but are not required to provide proof of residence; overseas voters may vote for federal offices only.
- Military voters and overseas voters may apply for an absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application or (FPCA). This form also serves as a voter registration form for overseas voters. Ballots can be faxed or emailed to military and overseas voters, but must be returned via the postal system. Voters can also visit the State's website, MyVoteWI for voting assistance.
Permanent Absentee Voters
Registered electors who are indefinitely confined because of age, physical illness, or infirmity may request that an absentee ballot be sent automatically for every election. Visit www.myvote.wi.gov, or submit the EL-121 Absentee Ballot Request Form to the City Clerk's office, 7725 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53213. Witness signatures on the absentee ballot envelope may be used to satisfy the photo ID requirement.
Residential Care Facility Voters
Individuals living in residential care facilities (i.e., CBRF, RCAC, etc.,) have the option of voting at the polls on Election Day, voting at the Clerk's office during the two weeks prior to each election, or voting at their facility when it is visited by Special Voting Deputies. By-mail absentee voting, however, is no longer an option. Witness signatures on the absentee ballot envelope may be used to satisfy the photo ID requirement.
SVD Voting Schedule
The Special Voting Deputy (SVD) makes visits to the city's residential care facilities prior to the every Election:
- Harwood Place, 8220 Harwood Avenue
- Luther Manor, 4545 N. 92nd Street
- Hart Park Square, 6600 River Parkway
- Lutheran Home, 7500 W. North Avenue
- The Courtyards and Terrace, 4611 and 4535 N. 92nd Street
- St. Camillus, 10101 W. Wisconsin Avenue
- Oak Park Place, 1621 Rivers Bend
Second visits are scheduled if needed.
We post public notices about elections related to Special Voting Deputy facility visits, testing of election equipment, and other notices that may be of importance to voters.
For more information, please email the City Clerk's Office or call (414) 479-8921.